This is part five of a nine part series called 9 Dynamic Ways To Revive Your Youth Ministry. You can start at the beginning HERE.
We talked about Reinvigorating Your Youth Ministry With A Clear, Compelling Vision. Vision is great. It’s the end game. It’s what you ultimately want to to see in your student and ministry. Sadly, vision statements become empty words when they are not paired with the action, the mission, that makes it happen.
A great vision without a great mission is delaying the inevitable. I’ve see churches roll out their vision statements and not change a thing. The expectation was always to get people excited and let the excitement carry them to the pointe where they didn’t even remember what the vision was.
So, what do you have to do? First, share the vision. Next,
If you’re serious about the vision
You cannot keep adding or replacing programs that do not work. If the program is not fulfilling the ultimate vision you have, it must go, otherwise it’s getting in the way and working against the results you want.
On the other hand, if the program in question furthers the vision, you better be taking about it, believing in it, practicing it, inviting others to it and becoming the end results you want to see. If you are not living it, your kids are not catching it.
How serious are you about the vision?
If kids can buy in, you can do it
What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and its grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible. – John Lewis
Everyone does not have to agree. The leaders job isn’t to get everyone to agree, it’s to find consensus and lead the change. There will be those who will buck the system, determine ahead of time who those people will be and figure out a way to make them fans before the change occurs. Be proactive.
Once the decision is made, set the date for change, then make it happen.
Keep the vision in front of them and the mission to follow
The visions is the why. Why are we doing this? So we can become what our vision says we want to be. There will be times when the mission is hard and that is when you say, “But the vision is worth it.” Not everyone will agree with that but if you keep the WHY in front of the HOW, you’ll attract others who want to be a part.
Preach messages, create graphics, have rally nights, celebrate your progress, all of this is to keep the vision moving forward.
If you see progress it’s because you scheduled progress to happen. It did not happen by accident.
Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open and connected. – Mark Zuckerberg
Zuckerberg saw it, then he said it, then he did it and kept doing it, on purpose.
We can do the same in our youth ministries.